The Weather App predicted a blustery wind warning, but we were not to be deterred.
Traveling up highway 101 from Santa Barbara I saw a flying fish cloud in the sky
and knew it was a sign I was on my way to an adventure.
A dozen people met up in Nipomo to stroll around the manicured trails that cross through the housing areas and then to venture forth out onto the upper undeveloped edge of the Nipomo Mesa.
We traveled 8.92 miles in 2:44 hours.
Tobe Mule and I were glad to be followers today, I could just sit back and enjoy being escorted. Being only my 4th ride in a year, I'm happy to go anywhere as long as I am riding!
So excited, my hair was on fire!
The sandy paths are well maintained, and frequently ridden by community members.
Three Mules, a Gypsy Vanner, an Arabian, a Rocky Mountain, some Quarter Horses and two Mustangs.
Friends old and new, taking a walk on their various animals, safety in numbers and good companionship all around.
I especially enjoy riding through the 100-year-old stands of eucalyptus.
They are really working hard to designate areas for equestrians, walkers, and bicyclists.
At corners where trails and streets meet the signage and fencing is well done.
It is very calming to be able to access dedicated equestrian pathways, knowing that cars and bicycles are not a hazard to anticipate.
I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist.
"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle."